Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Small miracles happen here every day.

aka Swiftsure Ranch   |   Bellevue, ID   |  www.swiftsureranch.org

Mission

To Empower individuals of all abilities to gain strength and freedom through therapeutic equine connections.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Paul Bennett

Main address

114 Calypso Lane

Bellevue, ID 83313 USA

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Formerly known as

Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped

EIN

82-0461587

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center (“Swiftsure”) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1993 in Bellevue, Idaho. Swiftsure is dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to enjoy the many physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits of therapeutic horseback riding. We serve over 300 riders annually of all ages and backgrounds who experience physical, medical, cognitive, or emotional challenges.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Therapeutic Riding

Provide riding lessons (mounted and unmounted) that are goal oriented for each rider to improve their physical abilities and engage each rider emotionally and socially with their team of support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Provide horse-drawn carriage driving lessons that are goal oriented for each participant to improve their physical abilities and engage each participant emotionally and socially with their team of support. Driving activities provide an alternative method of engaging in equine-assisted activities for those who cannot ride.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants served per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of instructor hours per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Over the next five years, our main goal is to expand our operations by 15% and improve our
capacity to serve participants who are challenged with mobility.

As of January 2022, Swiftsure is in the process of acquiring an ADA-accessible carriage to expand opportunities to engage in equine-assisted activities for participants whose conditions have previously prevented them from participating fully. Driving is an alternative equestrian activity enabling those who cannot ride astride to be able to improve their strength, motor skills, or social, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive skills through the therapeutic driving activity.

Swiftsure will make the ADA-accessible carriage available to any of our referred participants who can benefit, and are introducing a new focus on military veterans as we are launching veteran-oriented programs in 2022, in addition to maintaining our flagship programs with local schools, at-risk youth, seniors, and individuals facing physical, emotional, mental, or social challenges.

Swiftsure's instructors are all certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl. (PATH Intl.). In 2021, we added PATH-certified driving instruction to our program offerings. We have two indoor arenas, an outdoor riding ring, a campsite for weekend group activities, and miles of riding trails including a special "Sensory Trail" that engages all of the senses while on horseback.

Our instructors work with our participants and their referring caregivers to design customized plans for each participant so that they can identify and work toward their individual goals. Instructors assess each participant's progress in writing to track their progress in the program. We solicit feedback from participants and caregivers, and use that feedback to improve our programs overall, and to realign each participant's program activities with their goals as they show forward progress.

In 2021, we obtained grant funding to purchase and ship a custom ADA-accessible carriage, which is due to arrive in early to mid 2022. In the meantime, we have begun teaching driving using a training carriage. We anticipate that once we have a wheelchair-accessible carriage, demand for this activity will grow more quickly.

We also have begun to build our veteran's programs with new participants referred to us from local clinics, and are in contact with the Veterans Administration for future referrals from their Recreational Therapy representative.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Charlotte Westendorf

Ann Leonardo

Teresa Hukari

Leslie Benz

Elizabeth Bunce

Kristin Orr

Annie Mabry

Kate Rosekrans

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/20/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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